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Vim Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Vim for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Vim and loads of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Vim are Atom, Sublime Text, VSCodium and Neovim.

Vim alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Code Editors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Vim.
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  1. Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight, and extensible code editor for building web, desktop, and mobile applications, using any programming language and framework.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVisual Studio Code can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightVisual Studio Code consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableVisual Studio Code is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingVisual Studio Code supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeVisual Studio Code supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownVisual Studio Code supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Visual Studio Code without registration.
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    Visual Studio Code vs Vim opinions
    Most users think Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to Vim.
    IndigoLily

    Can't be used from within terminal

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    filiphanes

    Visual Studio Code is GUI only full IDE, not terminal based efficient text editor.

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    It is superslow and bloated. Even if you have 2-3 plugins you can tell the difference in speed and lightness of vim with vscode. Vim doesn't slow down at all even if you have a hell lot of plugins and now with neovim 0.5 release and lua substituting vimscript, there cannot be made a comparison between them

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    M_O_Z_G

    VSC has very good Vi extension what helps to mix Vi experience with well-integrated Microsoft solution.

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  2. Atom icon

    Atom

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    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • Electron / Atom Shell

    Atom is an open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAtom can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableAtom is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingAtom supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeAtom supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Atom simultaneously.
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    Discontinued

    Atom will be discontinued at the end of 2022: https://github.blog/2022-06-08-sunsetting-atom/

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    Most users think Atom is a great alternative to Vim.
    fornve

    Atom is quick and light as vim, coder friendly.

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  3. Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.

    ⚫︎ LightweightSublime Text consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSublime Text can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableSublime Text is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingSublime Text supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ PortableSublime Text can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think Sublime Text is a great alternative to Vim.
  4. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code - Open Source ("Code - OSS") project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code.

    ⚫︎ No TrackingVSCodium will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableVSCodium is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedVSCodium is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVSCodium can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineVSCodium can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VSCodium without registration.
    ⚫︎ LightweightVSCodium consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingVSCodium supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Neovim

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD

    Neovim is Vim out of the box.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsNeovim can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightNeovim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingNeovim supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Neovim vs Vim opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Neovim is a great alternative to Vim.
    Nyquist

    It's basically Vim, but with improvements like plugins that don't halt the user interface. At least on Linux, I'd recommend Neovim over Vim.

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    Neovim is "literally the future of Vim". Compatibility with Vim, but built from the ground up for asynchronous plugins. A good replacement for GVim is all that's missing.

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    daviwalle

    Neovim it's like Vim, but without packages that aren't needed

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    Clean, faster than Vim but based on that.

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    Semilin

    It's Vim except built with the future in mind, and certain backend improvements such as asynch processing

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    alerque

    Lots of cleanup to terminal handling, concurrency so plugins don't choke the UI.

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    lukasfriedrich

    Its basically Vim, just better

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  6. Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages.

    ⚫︎ LightweightGeany consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingGeany supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGeany is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingGeany can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    ⚫︎ PortableGeany can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  7. The Kate project develops two main products: KatePart, the advanced editor component which is used in numerous KDE applications requiring a text editing component, and Kate, a MDI text editor application.

    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingKate supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownKate supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ LightweightKate consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    GNU nano

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    • Haiku

    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceGNU nano either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    GNU nano vs Vim opinions
    Almost everyone thinks GNU nano is a great alternative to Vim.

    No where near the shortcut capabilities, and also no built-in syntax highlighting!

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  9. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include:

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGNU Emacs can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGNU Emacs is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingGNU Emacs supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingGNU Emacs supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Emacs can compare two files and highlight their differences (M-x ediff)
    GNU Emacs vs Vim opinions
    Most users think GNU Emacs is a great alternative to Vim.

    Maybe much better than Vi? ;)

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    gedit

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    • GNOME
    • OpenSolaris

    Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins.

    ⚫︎ Lightweightgedit consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsgedit can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Syntax Highlightinggedit supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Spell Checkinggedit can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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    The Default look under GNOME with Adwaita
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